From the back cover: David Pelham, a young British doctor, parachutes behind German lines in Yugoslavia to set up a clandestine military hospital in aid of Tito's Partisan army. There he meets, and loves, Moja Javich, a firey woman Partisan, and their secret love affair manages to rise above the barbarous carnage that surrounds them. Stealing medical supplies for the hospital and moving frequently to avoid detection and capture, Pelham conducts a private war of life against death in the midst of the larger war of life against life, drawing from Moja the strength he needs to endure. Combinging acute historical insight with a novelist's perception of the deep humanity that somehow survives the pain and horror of war, Keneally evokes the drama of the Partisan army's struggle against the Nazis, as well as the lovers' struggle to retain their humanity in a world being devoured by the terrible flames of 1939-45.
Well-written historical fiction!